Okay, I'm going to try a different tack on this one. I've tried countless times to explain that both atheism and theism require faith with respect to how life began. Atheists, however, continue to claim a factual knowledge of evolution and its processes, even though they continually come up short in the proof department. With that said, I want to take a few minutes to look at science, and show that even science understands that any theory of how life began begins with assumptions, which is the scientific word for faith.
Let's start with looking at the two types of modern science.
- Operational Science; This uses observable, repeatable experiments to try and discover truth.
- Origin Science; This relies on relics from the past and historical records to try and discover truth.
When it comes to operational science, it really doesn't matter what worldview you possess. It's simply testing and repeat testing processes in order to invent technology, answer questions, discover truth, etc. I'm not going to spend much time here, because I'm sure we're all in agreement.
Our point of contention will no doubt lie within the scope of origin science. Origins cannot be repeated or tested, ever. We cannot recreate the big bang or whip up some primordial soup and see if life will once again emerge. Origin science is built upon assumptions and that is completely beyond any debate.
Let me illustrate this with a few questions:
- If it all began with primordial soup, where did the soup come from, and where did it go?
- If a big bang started it all, how could an explosion create complex organisms, especially considering explosions only destroy things today?
- If we are here because of evolution, why aren't we still evolving? Why aren't species still changing?
- How did the earth end up the perfect distance from the Sun? How come no one has found life on other planets?
While scientists may have answers to all these questions, their answers are built upon assumptions, and these assumptions come from whatever worldview they possess. And their answers will NOT be based upon fact, they can't be, because they cannot be proven.
Now let's look at a few questions that atheists have for Christians:
- If God created everything, who created God?
- If God created everything, why is there evil, or anything that is imperfect?
- If God created everything, why doesn't He just show Himself so everyone can see Him?
These questions are very easy to answer, but the problem is atheists will never accept these answers because they will fly in the face of their assumptions.
But I'll try anyway.
- The first question is basically a farce. If God is God, which He is, then he would be the Supreme Being in the universe, and if He is, then He could not have been made by someone or something else, and the mere suggestion is laughable.
- God created man with the capacity to do evil, even though when He made them they were perfect. Adam and Eve when tempted, made a decision to eat of the forbidden fruit which opened them up to the punishment of death which God had promised them. I know that atheists will say, "But why couldn't God just forgive them and still allow them to be perfect? Or why did there have to be forbidden fruit in the first place?" Well that is just trying to comprehend the incomprehensible. God cannot be understood, plain and simple.
- God has shown himself in many, many ways. We have His Word which is truly amazing when fully considered. The fact that we even have a book that was written by forty authors over 1500 years still preserved about 1900 years after the last book was written is truly supernatural, and can only be explained as....God.
I know that atheists won't like those answers, but that doesn't change the fact that they are true.
Here's the HardTruth.
When one considers the vast amount of unanswerable questions concerning the origin of life, it's safe to say that origin science as performed by atheists is based solely upon assumptions. And as a Christian, I have no problem with this at all. My only problem is when atheists say they have "facts" to support their assumptions, because they clearly do not. Once again Christians, we don't have to be shy when discussing our faith with atheists, their arguments will always fall apart when challenged, and that's the HardTruth.